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The Beatles Rockband Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles Rockband

by
Linda A. Epstein ~ Febuary 8, 2010

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I can't even begin to tell you how much fun The Beatles RockBand is to play, but I am going to try.....

The "band members" in our Beatles Rockband ranged from age 10 to 51 and everyone had a fabulous time following the "Fab Four" on a historical journey that began at the Cavern Club in 1963 and moved through landmarks in Beatles history including their appearance on the The Ed Sullivan Show and Shea Stadium just to name a few.  The Beatles Rockband instruments

With the option to connect up to three Mics as many as six players can perform simultaneously. The Multiple mics allow players to sing Three-part harmony which is more fun you can ever imagine.

While I did not have the "Beatles instruments" to test, thanks to my nephew, I did have a Playstation 3, the drums from Rockband 2, two Guitars and multiple microphones at my disposal so there was room for everyone to participate.  

In truth, I generally sit back and watch while my brother, my nephew and his friends play but the excitement and energy from Beatles Rockband was so engaging that It took less then 5 minutes before I was caved in and joined "the band" fun myself.

While it It came as no surprise to me that the ten and eleven year olds wiped the floor with me on the drums and the guitars but what was "shockingly fun" for someone who can't hold a tune and doesn't even along to the radio was grabbing one of the Rockband mic's and singing harmony to those classic Beatles tunes we all know and love including "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Ticket to Ride",  "A Hard Days Night"  and more.

The Beatles Rockband "hard dayds night"

The Beatles Rock bank also includes training mode for Drums and vocals which I did not get a chance to try, because we literally exhausted ourselves in Quick Play mode.!  (I will report more on this in the future.)

The Beatles Rockband - The Beatles

From Wikipedia The 45 songs included on the game disc are as follows, with the year and album the song was published on, and the associated venue:

Song title   Original album   Year   Associated venue  
"A Hard Day's Night" A Hard Day's Night 1964 Ed Sullivan Theater
"And Your Bird Can Sing" Revolver 1966 Budokan
"Back in the U.S.S.R." The Beatles (The White Album) 1968 Abbey Road Studios
"Birthday" The Beatles (The White Album) 1968 Abbey Road Studios
"Boys" Please Please Me 1963 Cavern Club
"Can't Buy Me Love" A Hard Day's Night 1964 Ed Sullivan Theater
"Come Together" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios
"Day Tripper" Single 1965 Budokan
"Dear Prudence" The Beatles (The White Album) 1968 Abbey Road Studios
"Dig a Pony" Let It Be 1970 Rooftop Concert
"Do You Want to Know a Secret" Please Please Me 1963 Cavern Club
"Don't Let Me Down" ... Single 1969 Rooftop Concert
"Drive My Car" Rubber Soul 1965 Budokan
"Eight Days a Week" Beatles for Sale 1964 Shea Stadium
"Get Back" Let It Be 1970 Rooftop Concert
"Getting Better" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios
"Good Morning Good Morning" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios
"Hello Goodbye" Magical Mystery Tour 1967 Abbey Road Studios
"Helter Skelter" The Beatles (The White Album) 1968 Abbey Road Studios
"Here Comes the Sun" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios
"Hey Bulldog" Yellow Submarine 1969 Abbey Road Studios
"I Am the Walrus" Magical Mystery Tour 1967 Abbey Road Studios
"I Feel Fine" Single 1964 Shea Stadium
"I Me Mine" Let It Be 1970 Rooftop Concert
"I Saw Her Standing There" Please Please Me 1963 Cavern Club
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" Single 1963 Ed Sullivan Theater
"I Want You (She's So Heavy)" Abbey Road 1969 Rooftop Concert
"I Wanna Be Your Man" With The Beatles 1963 Ed Sullivan Theater
"If I Needed Someone" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium
"I'm Looking Through You" Rubber Soul 1965 Shea Stadium
"I've Got a Feeling" Let It Be 1970 Rooftop Concert
"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios
"Octopus's Garden" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios
"Paperback Writer" Single 1966 Budokan
"Revolution" Single 1968 Abbey Road Studios
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" /
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 Abbey Road Studios
"Something" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios
"Taxman" Revolver 1966 Budokan
"The End" Abbey Road 1969 Abbey Road Studios
"Ticket to Ride" Help! 1965 Shea Stadium
"Twist and Shout" Please Please Me 1963 Cavern Club
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" The Beatles (The White Album) 1968 Abbey Road Studios
"Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows" Love 2006 Abbey Road Studios
"Yellow Submarine" Revolver 1966 Abbey Road Studios

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The Beatles Rockband Prizes

As you work your way through various the various challenges you unlock an assortment of Beatles photos and audio clips earn trophies as you enjoy the music and Beatles history..   One of many notable features of Rockband is that the degree of difficulty can be set separately for each player so that experienced played can play with newbies (like myself) and everyone has equal fun.    Another feature is A "No Fail" mode so that even the newest and youngest players can play all the way through the songs do not get discouraged can play all the way through the songs

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The Beatles Rockband Shea Stadium

Shea Stadium

Pro's

  • Fun for Everyone of every age
  • Great for Family Play
  • Fabulous for Friends
  • Each band member can play at their own level
  • No fail mode allows newbies, little ones and grandparents to play along and have fun

Con's:

  • Unless I Missed it or haven't come across it yet there was no mention of the Beatles Playing the Hollywood Bowl.

Conclusion:

There is no way to convey to you how much fun The Beatles Rockband is other than to tell you that up until now I've stayed away from playing games because i'm not good them.  I don't sing to the radio because I can't hold a tune.  

Then came The Beatles Rockband......

Which was so engaging and so much fun that I left my brothers house with a sore throat from so much singing and a burning desire to buy a gaming system for my own home.  

The Beatles RockBand

While the game carrie a "T" rating (for Mild Lyrics,Tobacco Reference)  this game is for Everyone from age 6 - 106!

 

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